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Master of Music: MMus in Performance

The MMus programmes are intended for those who are aiming for careers that require more extensive academic experience alongside high level performance or composition skills. They also provide a solid grounding for those aiming for further study at doctoral level.

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Master of Music: MMus in Performance for Instrumentalists

This course is two years full-time/three years part-time. Exceptionally, it can be taken fast-track in one calendar year.

The MMus in Performance has at its core the same Principal Study, Electives and faculty-based activities as the MPerf programme. In addition, students prepare a Research Project (either Critical Project or Lecture Presentation) and a Critical Portfolio that includes training in:

  • Communicative Writing
  • Scholarly Writing
  • Spoken Presentation
  • Programme Notes

Through these units practical work is further underpinned by the musicological disciplines that inform performance. Students are taught through lectures, small-group seminars and one-to-one tuition, and cover theoretical and musicological approaches to performance, aesthetics, analysis, the study of recordings, collaborations with composers, and performance practice issues. Assessment is through both written and spoken tasks.

Master of Music: MMus in Performance for Conductors

This course is two years full-time/three years part-time. Exceptionally, it can be taken fast-track in one calendar year

In addition to the Principal Study, Optional Modules and Specialist Modules offered on the MPerf (Master of Performance), MMus conductors complete a Research Project (either Critical Project or Lecture Presentation) and a Critical Portfolio that includes training in:

  • Communicative Writing
  • Scholarly Writing
  • Spoken Presentation
  • Programme Notes

Through these modules practical work is further underpinned by the musicological disciplines that inform performance. Students are taught through lectures, small-group seminars and one-to-one tuition, and cover theoretical and musicological approaches to performance, aesthetics, analysis, the study of recordings, collaborations with composers, and performance practice issues. Assessment is through both written and spoken tasks.

Master of Music: MMus in Performance for Singers

This course is two years full-time/three years part-time.   

In addition to the Principal Study and faculty-based activities offered on the MPerf (Master of Performance), MMus students in Performance prepare a Research Project (either Critical Project or Lecture Presentation) and a Critical Portfolio and take Specialist Modules including:

Specialist Modules

  • Repertoire Coaching and Opera Coaching PLUS
  • Concert Specialism or Opera Specialism

Critical Portfolio

  • Communicative Writing
  • Scholarly Writing
  • Spoken Presentation
  • Programme Notes

Through these units practical work is further underpinned by the musicological disciplines that inform performance. Students are taught through lectures, small-group seminars and one-to-one tuition, and cover theoretical and musicological approaches to performance, aesthetics, analysis, the study ofrecordings, and the study of artisticmovements underlying both opera and song.

Students are assessed by a recital, continuous assessment and the assessment of an operatic scene or role as well as both written and spoken tasks. Second Study is not available.